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Comment: Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (Score 2, Insightful) 81

by timeOday (#47559617) Attached to: Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory
Which part do you find suspect? Tesla wants to make a major launch of a $35K all-electric car, which will require a huge number of batteries, above and beyond the current supply. The word "allegation" sounds as if you think the new Telsa model won't use batteries? Or that there's already enough production to support the new Tesla model, presumably going straight into a huge hole in the ground? Or what?

Comment: So, what does the in-memory database option do? (Score 5, Interesting) 92

by timeOday (#47550899) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs
This being slashdot, it would be nice to have the article on "gotcha" licensing accompanied by at least as much information what it actually is, and when it would be worth paying for. (And not just some snarky comments about how cheaper databases already have in-memory tables, unless that's really all it is!)

Comment: Re:My experience with hydrocodone... (Score 4, Interesting) 479

by timeOday (#47549611) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture
I am a bit unusual in NOT having started drinking coffee until almost the age of 40, and had the same experience of hyper-concentration the first time! Now I can hardly feel anything, if at all.

I think growing tolerance to drugs is practically universal. I've known several people who started Prozac etc. and told me, "wow, so THIS is what I've been missing! Life is so great!" But fast forward a year, and they don't seem that much happier. Yet they still have a costly prescription for the rest of their lives.

Comment: Re:Range is not the issue. Cost is. (Score 1) 120

From the Tesla Motors website: "As we at Tesla reach for our goal of producing a mass market electric car in approximately three years, we have an opportunity to leverage our projected demand for lithium ion batteries to reduce their cost faster than previously thought possible.... By the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent."

Comment: Re:23% revenue growth! (Score 2) 168

by timeOday (#47532503) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
I would like to understand this. The article says that losses for the next quarter are expected to be larger: "Mr. Szkutak listed some of the reasons: Amazon Web Services is in a price-cutting war with Google and others. Six new warehouses have opened. And the company will spend $100 million on new content to put on those phones and Kindles."

The warehouses, at least, are quintessential infrastructure investment. You are saying Szkutak is incorrect in asserting they cut into short-term profits?

Comment: 23% revenue growth! (Score 5, Informative) 168

by timeOday (#47531051) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
Amazon's revenue grew 23% over the same quarter last year. If the company were not growing AND not profiting, that would be bad. But as large as Amazon's revenues now are, to still be growing that fast is very impressive, and proves they could start taking profits at any moment simply by pocketing more revenue instead of re-investing.

Comment: Re:Bugs... (Score 3, Informative) 184

by timeOday (#47527513) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

I'm told that the F35 is the largest, heaviest fighter with an airframe that produces the most drag, that the US has ever produced...

And where did you hear it? According to wikipedia:

F35: 35'
F14: 64' / 38' (swept)
F15: 42'
F16: 32'
F18 C/D: 40'

Empty Weight
F35: 29,000 lb
F14: 43,700 lb
F15: 28,000 lb
F16: 18,900 lb
F18: 23,000 lb

Combat radius (internal stores)
F35: 600 nm
F14: 500 nm
F15: 1000 nm
F16: 340 nm
F18: 400 nm

Of what can be verified, none of what you heard is correct...

Comment: Re:Incomplete data (Score 1) 173

by timeOday (#47523397) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Yeah, the first thing I thought of was: how many people who graduate with any 4-year degree stay in their field of study? Without having anything to compare this to, how do we know that the numbers for STEM graduates are abnormal?

But everybody knows that people with degrees in Communications and Political Science aren't going to work in those fields (if they even exist). But to get a job that requires "a degree" (of any type), going through an EE or physics program is hardly the most efficient route.

Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 1) 173

by timeOday (#47523353) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

I've long said that the computing field is one where you can make decent money without a degree.

That also used to be more true of the economy as a whole, but I think that would be a super-risky plan for a young person starting out today. An ever-higher percentage of applicants have a degree, raising the bar.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 322

by timeOday (#47520639) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
Unifying the UI is less important and desirable than unifying the underlying OS. I can understand having to re-write a more restricted UI for small displays - but the core of the application? In a different language even? That should not be necessary. Granted it was justified in the past, but mobile devices are powerful enough to run a real operating system now.

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